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Goldberg wins Universal Championship at Fastlane!

As if the long-awaited mega rematch between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 wasn’t already big enough, the stakes have been heightened following Goldberg’s triumph at WWE Fastlane. Now, The Beast Incarnate is out for not only redemption on Sunday, April 2, but also Goldberg’s newly won Universal Championship…

Goldberg's Return Timeline

May 31, 2016
Goldberg was announced as the pre-order bonus for the upcoming WWE 2K17 video game. Throughout the summer, Goldberg and WWE 2K17 cover star and former rival Brock Lesnar traded insults with each other through social media and WWE 2K events such as Gamescom. Goldberg would also appear at the WWE 2K SummerSlam event the weekend before the pay-per-view event took place, fueling speculation he would be appearing at the event to confront Lesnar.

October 10, 2016
Goldberg appeared on ESPN SportsCenter where he contemplated a return to WWE. This led to Paul Heyman challenging Goldberg to face Lesnar on the October 10 episode of Raw, with Heyman stating that Goldberg was the one blemish on Lesnar’s WWE career, as Goldberg had defeated Lesnar at WrestleMania XX in 2004. The following week on Raw, Goldberg returned to WWE for the first time in twelve years, accepting Heyman’s challenge and signaling that Lesnar would be next and last.

October 24, 2016
WWE Raw… Lesnar returned with Heyman, who insulted Goldberg. It was then announced that their match was scheduled for Survivor Series.

October 31, 2016
WWE Raw… Goldberg returned to address Lesnar’s comments from the previous week, only to be interrupted by Heyman who teased that Lesnar was there. Instead Rusev came out. Goldberg executed a Jackhammer on Rusev and a spear on Heyman, who was rushed to hospital with bruised ribs.

On the final Raw before Survivor Series, Goldberg and Lesnar had a face off, resulting in a brawl with security after Heyman insulted Goldberg’s family.

November 20, 2016
Goldberg defeated Lesnar after two consecutive spears and a Jackhammer in 1 minute and 26 seconds.
The next night on Raw, Goldberg thanked the fans and his family before saying he has one more title run left in him while also declaring himself as the first participant in the 2017 Royal Rumble match. The following week on Raw, Heyman addressed the Survivor Series match, stating that they underestimated Goldberg and that the match was a humiliation and embarrassment for him and Lesnar, who would also be in the Royal Rumble match as he has something to prove.

January 2, 2017
WWE Raw… Goldberg appeared as the first guest on The Kevin Owens Show where he confronted Chris Jericho and WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, stating that he would win the Royal Rumble match and challenge for the world championship at WrestleMania 33. However, Heyman on behalf of Lesnar, Braun Strowman and United States Champion Roman Reigns then came out to announce their intentions at the Royal Rumble. After a stare down, Goldberg and Reigns hit a double-spear on Strowman. Goldberg appeared once more on the January 23 episode of Raw, where he was confronted by Lesnar and another Royal Rumble participant The Undertaker.

January 29, 2017
During the Royal Rumble match, Goldberg entered at number 28 and he confronted Lesnar before delivering a spear and eliminating him. After taking out multiple opponents, Goldberg was confronted by the number 29 entrant, The Undertaker. After Goldberg eliminated Rusev and Luke Harper, he was eliminated by The Undertaker himself.

Lesnar then appeared on the following night’s episode of Raw and challenged Goldberg to one final match at WrestleMania 33. Goldberg would go on to accept Lesnar’s challenge on the February 6 episode of Raw whilst interrupting WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and United States Champion Chris Jericho in the process. Goldberg challenged Owens to a WWE Universal Championship match at Fastlane with Jericho accepting on Owens’ behalf and the match was made official later that night. On the February 27 episode of Raw, Goldberg and Owens had one final confrontation with Goldberg claiming that if he would win the WWE Universal Championship, he would defend it against Lesnar at WrestleMania 33.

March 5, 2017
At Fastlane, thanks to a distraction from Jericho (who Owens turned on for accepting Goldberg challenge on Owens’ behalf since the February 13 episode of Raw), Goldberg defeated Owens with his promised “Spear, Jackhammer, 1-2-3” to win the WWE Universal Championship in 22 seconds. The next night on RAW, Goldberg was confronted by Brock Lesnar where he was hit with an F-5.

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